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Hi all,
So apparently you have to book cabins in Big Bear early for the New Year's weekend, hence, we're staying in LA and going to a special dinner out-
What do you hounds think is worth it? What are your plans? Almost every place I've called has some kind of special menu... who do you think has the best bang for the buck?
We were sort of leaning towards Providence ($250pp w/ wine pairings), but I still have yet to try Animal (the SO doesn't eat pork/red meat), and we are open to other ideas.
Cheers!

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      NYE... we're leaning toward Animal, which is not doing a special menu, btw. Has anyone eaten there and can tell me if there will be enough veggie-fish-fowl (no foie) for my SO to make a meal out of? I will and do eat anything.

      1. re: jdwdeville

        If it's fish and fowl, then yes I think it's doable. Lots of good and interesting seafood dishes, halibut, uni, octopus, squid, etc.

    2. I often get frustrated by the special menus. When I go to a restaurant I love, or if I am trying a new place, I want the regular menu! And special menus usually are not that interesting as a whole.

      That said, Suzanne Goin is doing some cool stuff at her restaurants. LUCQUES is having a Luau and the menu, I must say, looks great, with Hawaiian Shrimp, duck and pork courses.

      TAVERN is doing a Mad Men themed night, which also sounds fun for New Years.

      And AOC is doing Vegas in the 60's, with Crab Louie and Steak Dianne.

      I would bet any of those three would be fun.

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      AOC
      8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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      1. re: Tom P

        Hi Tom (or anyone who knows),

        Any more info on the Mad Men night at Tavern would be appreciated. Menu, cost, anything. I didn't see anything on their website about it. Super thanks!

        1. re: NomChomp

          I just tonight received an email from Tavern... they've switched to the theme Orient Express... see below, copied from the email:

          Take a luxurious and delicious voyage this New Year's Eve!
          Join us on the...

          Orient Express at Tavern
          New Year’s Eve 2010

          Venetian snapper crudo “in saor” with tangerine,
          lipstick peppers, currants and pine nuts

          ***

          Parisian gnocchi with chanterelles,
          gruyére, green garlic and chives

          ***

          Viennese-style beef short rib goulash with potato
          purée, swiss chard and paprika crème fraîche

          ***

          Turkish mille-feuille –layers of phyllo and chocolate
          with pistachio ice cream, cardamom and orange zest

          $75 per person first seating

          $95 per person second seating
          includes champagne toast and party favors

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          Orient Express
          1001 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790

            1. re: NomChomp

              My pleasure! I am staying in with friends and cooking, but I do love to have a good meal out. Please let us know if/where you go!